ICE intensifies efforts to audit companies

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it has created a new center to increase the number of audits of large companies in order to identify undocumented workers.

The Employment Compliance Inspection Center (ECIC) will initially have 15 auditors and will focus on investigations of large companies. Until now, ICE has concentrated on small companies.

In fiscal year 2010, ICE audited more than 2,740 companies, almost double the number of the previous year, according to reported the newspaper Wall Street Journal. In addition, it collected a record $$7 million in fines from companies that had undocumented employees.

Auditors at the new center will be dedicated to analyzing the contents of I-9 forms from companies that have been selected for inspection.